Swiss cyclist Mathias Frank has won the infamous Glockner stage of the Tour of Austria.
The 26-year-old from Team BMC was fastest on the stretch between Matrei and Sankt Johan im Pongau (Salzburg). He was rewarded with a 2,504 Euro bonus at the top of the 15-kilometre climb – a figure which represents the altitude at the top of the mountain.
Frank is the first Swiss to be crowned Glockner-king since Niki Rüttimann 30 years ago. He had a few seconds’ advantage on his followers, the Danish cyclist Chris Anker Sörensen and his Polish Saxo team colleague Rafal Majka.
The finish line today (Wednesday) is in the Alpendorf district of Sankt Johann im Pongau.
The Upper-Austrian racer Riccardo Zoidl, currently third overall, was a minute and a half behind the Belgian Kevin Seeldraeyers 65 kilometres before the end of the stage.